Carolinas Four Ball: McClellan and Channell take it
CAMDEN, SC (May 6, 2007)-- 2006 Carolinas Amateur Champion Scott McClellan and partner Dean Channell, both of Cary, NC held off finalists Taylor Hough of Spartanburg, SC and Daniel Neveu of Pinehurst, NC to win the Carolinas Four-Ball Championship, 2 & 1.
McClellan and Channell never trailed in the match gaining only a two-up advantage at any time.
Birdies were the order of business on the front nine, but high winds later in the day presented a rebellious back nine. Both teams threw out seven birdies on their first nine holes as McClellan and Channell turned with a one-up lead.
Neither team won a back-nine hole until a Hough birdie squared the match at 14. Channell countered with a par win on 15. McClellan sealed the 2 & 1 win with a 12-foot birdie on the par-4 17th.
To reach the finals, the champions knocked off reigning North Carolina Four Ball champions Brian and Mark Gauley; reigning Carolinas Mid-Amateur champion Walter Todd and partner Rick Cloninger; 2006 Carolinas Amateur runner-up (to McClellan) Whit Massey and partner Nick Hughey; and defending champions Robert and David Dargan.
"We had a tough bracket to get to the finals," said Channell. "So that made this win that much special."
--Story courtesy CGA